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Sukkot and the Ecological Crisis

As one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar, Sukkot celebrates the harvest while remembering the Israelites pilgrimage through the desert upon their escape from Egypt. At the same time, it invites a period of reflection on humanity’s relationship with nature. What does Sukkot tell us in the times of climate change?
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During Yom Kippur, air pollution levels all over Israel plummet to near zero

Once a year, for 24 hours, traffic all over the country grinds to a halt. Cars, buses, trucks, and traffic lights give way to empty roads filled with a somewhat rare silence. Trains stand still, and airports shut down. This is Yom Kippur
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Israël, Terre Promise Pour Végans et Végétariens?

Les mouvements végétariens et végans se développent à vive allure dans le monde, dictés par des considérations environnementales, par le souci de protéger les animaux, sa propre santé, … En Israël cette évolution est très marquée et ce petit pays est en train de devenir un modèle pour ceux qui bannissent la viande de leur alimentation
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Yom Kippour en Israël : sans voiture, la pollution chute

Une fois par an, Israël vit une journée exceptionnelle avec Yom Kippour, jour du Grand Pardon. Le pays est à l’arrêt : aucune circulation automobile, aéroports fermés, usines et commerces baissent le rideau, ... Une expérience unique au monde qui se traduit par une chute drastique de la pollution de l’air
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Israel lags behind global efforts to halt deadly “superbugs”

India banned “last-hope” drug misused in livestock, and the WHO has launched a global campaign against drug-resistant bacteria. But Israel lags behind. Infectious disease expert Prof. Myriam Weinberger: Foodborne infections are skyrocketing
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Energie verte: améliorer le processus

Responsable d’un quart des émissions de gaz à effet de serre, l’agriculture fait aussi partie de la solution pour réduire notre dépendance aux énergies fossiles, grâce notamment à la production de biogaz et de biométhane à partir des déchets agricoles. L’enjeu est désormais de développer ces processus pour améliorer leur performance et réduire leurs effets secondaires
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Jewish and Muslim Women in the Urban Environment

According to a new study, Jewish women feel calm in quiet neighborhoods, while Muslim women tend to be more relaxed in the bustling city center. There may be a physiological mechanism for dealing with pollution, noise and heat in urban environments
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Israel is taking on the Jellies

Every summer, jellyfish appear in the coastal waters of Israel, deterring beachgoers, thus, damaging the tourism industry. Now, Israeli scientists developed an app that helps to track these sea creatures in order to make one’s beach experience more enjoyable
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Will a New Pipeline Project Save the Dead Sea?

In a region of the world where freshwater is scarce, the Dead Sea is disappearing, and collaboration among neighboring countries is nearly impossible, Israel and Jordan are making strides to budget the Red Sea-Dead Sea Conveyance
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A hole in the heart of the Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area

Coastal cities in Israel, like many cities around the world, are likely to experience increased land subsidence as a result of declining groundwater levels
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Can Tel Aviv Reconcile the Rise of Electric Scooters?

Tel Aviv is facing increasingly complex transportation challenges and must now consider whether it should act against the rise of e-scooters, or implement better biking infrastructure to help them safely thrive
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Il faut sauver la Méditerranée

Le développement urbain, la surpêche, les déchets, la pollution, le tourisme de masse ont conduit à un appauvrissement de la diversité marine dans l’est de la mer Méditerranée
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Solving a Long Standing Sewage Problem

An imminent environmental crisis in Jerusalem and the surrounding Kidron Valley is bringing together Palestinian Authorities and Israeli officials to solve a long-standing sewage issue
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Can’t see the forest for the…climate change

The importance of forests in the global fight against greenhouse gas emissions was highlighted at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24), held in Katowice, Poland in December 2018.
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Cow Power from Israel

The agriculture industry contributes heavily to greenhouse gas emissions, but an Israeli start-up might have developed the only complete solution for treating agricultural waste through biogas production
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The real value of shade

Shade does not only protect us from the sun, but it lowers the risk of skin cancer, reduces air pollution, and encourages physical activity. A new Israeli report revealed that providing shade can save thousands of shekels per person each year
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Keeping the Mediterranean Sea Alive

Human development, overfishing, and increased pollution and tourism have led to decreases in marine biodiversity in the eastern Mediterranean. Israel has issued a third research proposal to see how Marine Protected Areas help shelter surrounding ecosystems
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El Waze de las medusas

Grandes densidades de medusas pueden ocasionar daños en la infraestructura y en el turismo. A través de la ciencia ciudadana, un proyecto israelí busca solucionar este problema
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L’Agritech israélienne au secours de la planète

L’Agritech en Israël est un secteur en pleine évolution, dont les enjeux ne cessent de s’intensifier avec la croissance de la population mondiale dans un environnement perturbé par les changements climatiques.
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La plante miracle qui transforme les eaux usées en cristal

Des chercheurs israéliens se sont penchés sur le traitement des eaux usées en utilisant les caractéristiques de Dame Nature
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Un centre d’observation climatique, unique au Moyen-Orient

Une équipe de scientifiques israéliens mènent des expériences pour étudier les effets des modifications pluviométriques sur l’écosystème de la région
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L’or vert

Les algues, nouvel eldorado pour des start-up israéliennes d’autant que le climat du pays est favorable à leur exploitation
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Israël s’attaque à la pollution au plastique

Deux villes balnéaires interdisent leur usage en bord de mer
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Manger de la viande, mais sans tuer d’animaux, des nouveaux défis

Des chercheurs israéliens ont gagné des subventions internationales pour avoir conduit des travaux sur la viande cultivée en laboratoire et sur les substituts végétaux aux protéines animales
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Lutter contre la résistance aux bactéries, un enjeu en Israël

Un groupe d’experts israéliens issus de divers domaines s’est réuni pendant 36 heures pour plancher sur cette menace sanitaire mondiale et proposer des solutions innovantes
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Femmes juives et musulmanes dans un environnement urbain

En centre-villes, les femmes musulmanes sont moins sujettes au stress et réagissent mieux que les femmes juives, qui ont besoin d’espaces verts pour être détendues. Un mécanisme physiologique leur permettrait de mieux s'adapter à la pollution et au bruit, selon une étude scientifique israélienne
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A Boiling Forecast for the Century

Israel faces alarming news about extreme heat due to global climate change, but trouble almost always comes with opportunity
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Revolutionizing the food systems in Israel and the U.S.

U.S. and Israeli experts are trying to implement changes in the food system to make people more aware of what they eat
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A Spillover Crisis: How Gaza’s Water Shortage Affects Israel

Recently, the Israel Water Authority announced an upgrade to the water supply line from Israel to the Gaza Strip. The renovations will be carried out on Israeli territory. But will upgrading the water supply on only one side of the border solve an transboundary issue?
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Green Gold

Several Israeli companies are taking advantage of the country’s ideal environmental conditions for algae farming
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The Sea of Galilee is heating up

Climate Change could render Sea of Galilee unusable in next 30 years, scientist say
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Two cities set on tackling plastic

In a move to curb pollution, two cities in Israel ban single-use plastics from beaches
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Can Israel become an energy independent nation?

Israel's energy infrastructure relies on a centralized source supplying mainly natural gas to power plants all over the country. Natural disasters, supply shortages or war could quickly bring a nation's electricity grid to its knees
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The Land of Milk?

Eating dairy products is a long-standing tradition of Shavuot. The increasing demand for dairy around the holiday sheds light on the environmental impact of the industry. Is an environmental-friendly Shavuot just around the corner?
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A one-of-a-kind research station for climate change

A team of Israeli scientists is experimenting with changes in rainfall patterns to determine how native vegetation will adapt to new climatic conditions
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Save the turtles – from people!

There is a vast number of captive turtles kept as pets in homes, and it is up to their owners to give these wild animals their freedom back. At the Gazelle Valley Park in Jerusalem, an unusual animal welfare initiative aims to protect the local turtle population
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Israeli experts come together to tackle a global problem: Bacteria resistant to antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise, a multidisciplinary team of Israeli experts has developed a series of creative solutions
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Lag BaOmer – Cheerful Tradition and Public Danger

Lag BaOmer is approaching, and many Israelis commemorate this holiday by having a big bonfire in their backyard. Unfortunately, the benign intentions of those fires may have malignant consequences
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Could Israel’s AgriTech help stem the looming world food crisis?

A rapidly growing world population coupled with an imminent climate crisis keeps pushing the planetary boundaries beyond their maximum capacity, and one of the most impacted sectors by these dramatic shifts is agriculture
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Turning 71: Israel’s top environmental stories of the year

Israeli Independence Day is just around the corner, and during this past year a lot has happened; especially in environmental matters
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The plant that transforms wastewater into clean water

Israeli researchers came up with a biomimicry method for solving the wastewater problem by using nature’s wisdom
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Red Sea corals may be resilient to climate change

Corals in the Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat continue to thrive under extreme conditions, similar to those expected to prevail towards the end of the 21st century
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What Passover teaches us about the environmental crisis

In times of global warming, hurricanes, floods, and droughts, the Plagues of Egypt remind us of what happens when people ignore the signs of an environmental catastrophe
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Israeli scientists find large amounts of microplastics in table salt

According to a new study, every Israeli consumes about 2,000 plastic particles per year
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The other kind of meat

Israeli scientists win international research grant for their development of meat alternatives
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The price of water

Israeli scientists fear for public health due to mineral deficiency in desalinated seawater
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Are off-the-rack Purim costumes not eco-friendly?

Wearing costumes on this cheerful holiday is a treasured tradition, making for great carnival-like parties in the streets. But the growing demand for off the rack costumes and accessories also make for a lot of waste
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Israel has a severe plastic problem, but real change is possible

The state of plastic waste in Israel is bleak: pollution is increasing, research is stagnating, policies on dealing with the crisis are unclear, and the last plastic recycling plant is closing its doors
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Please do not feed the sharks

An annual gathering of sharks near a coastal power plant in the North of Israel attracts beachgoers, divers and sailors alike
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These little microbes turn algae into plastic

Israeli scientists have created a biodegradable plastic that just might save the planet
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The tree that survives the desert

Tu B’Shevat, a Jewish holiday commemorating the importance and sanctity of trees, could not be more fitting in this day and age
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Will there be another Hanukkah Miracle?

From droughts and pests to cold waves, climate change brings new threats to the olive oil industry – one of Hanukkah’s oldest symbols
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Jellyfish outbreaks might cost Israel millions each year

Power stations and desalination plants along Israel's Mediterranean coast are struggling with jellyfish invasions
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SESAME: A beacon of light

A new particle-accelerator in Jordan brings together scientists from all around the Middle East to conduct research in biology, archaeology and environmental sciences
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With jellyfish against microplastics

A new Israeli venture seeks to address two major problems awaiting us at sea: jellyfish and microplastics
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Toward Reptile Conservation

Recent mapping research provides a new avenue for development of conservation efforts
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The burning land

Ecological terrorism at the Gaza border creates shadows on Israel’s landscape
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How to protect your skin (and the environment)

The commonly used sunscreen is bad for the environment and has health side effects to humans too. How can we avoid them?
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Tailoring fashion sustainability

What is ‘slow fashion’? And how can we help save the world by choosing more wisely our clothes-washing habits and shopping preferences?
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The Environmental Wind Tunnel at the Institute for Biological Research in Israel, Ness Ziona

Advancing science one gust at a time

New facility serves as a platform for conducting a variety of environmental experiments, without ever leaving the laboratory
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Out of sight, out of mind

For the first time, scientists set out to study the abundance of microplastic particles in Israel’s Mediterranean coastal waters. New "plastic bag law" shows promising results
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Tel Aviv, the city of bikes?

What can Tel Aviv learn from Copenhagen, Europe’s no. 1 in bicycle-friendliness?
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Fashion from ocean plastic

Adidas joins the wave of fashion companies producing clothes from recycled plastic waste. But will it help to cut fashion industry’s environmental toll?
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Ein Avdat in the Zin Valley in the Negev. Photo by: Andrew Shiva, Wikipedia

Should we make the desert bloom?

Is the desert “nothingness that needs to be conquered" or a unique environment we should protect? The long ecological history of the Negev might hold the key to the answer
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Israel’s markets are about to get ugly

A team of students work to bring Israel’s ugly fruits and vegetables to supermarkets nationwide, in order to cut food waste and environmental harm
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The next Great Depression

Israel’s struggle against pollution could mean a new kind of Great Depression
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The Dead Sea: A different kind of heritage

The salt sea has some 12 million years of geological and chemical history. Will efforts to stabilize its water level kill its very essence?
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A delayed Lag B’Omer: A smoldering risk?

Controversial 24-hour delay might result in a two-day bonfire revelry, jeopardizing health and environment
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A traffic jam in the Red Sea

Is diving in Eilat destroying its very purpose?
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Slowly cooking on the back burner

Why is it so difficult for us to grasp the threat of climate change? Maybe it’s because climate change doesn’t have a mustache






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